TOWSON, Md. – Junior Samantha Lutz of Towson finished second behind sophomore Reagan Olivieri of Temple in the all-around competition as Temple University captured the 28th annual Shelli Calloway Memorial Towson University Invitational at SECU Arena on Saturday afternoon.
Temple (192.325) edged Cornell (191.925), Towson (189.375) and Ursinus (183.825) to win the title. on beam. When Temple followed that with a 48.400 on floor, the Owls owned nearly a one-point lead at the midway point of the meet. Temple extended its lead with a 48.125 vault score before closing out the meet with a 47.775 score on bars.
Cornell struggled on balance beam, hurting its chances of catching Temple.
The injury-riddled Tigers, who only competed five gymnasts in each event, didn’t vault well and struggled on bars. They closed out the meet with a strong showing on floor exercise, earning a 48.075 sccore.
“When you have all the injuries that we do, there is no room for error or silly mistakes,” said Coach Vicki Chliszczyk. “We can’t let our frustration and negativity control our emotions. We need to compete with the confidence that I know we have.”
Olivieri led Temple by winning the all-around with a 38.75 score. She also took first place on beam (9.75) and was second on bars (9.755). Jasmine Johnson of Temple won the floor exercise with a 9.775 score.
Alicia Bair of Cornell finished first on vault (9.75) as Cornell swept the top three spots on vault. Lexi Schupp won the bars competition with a 9.75 score.
Lutz led the Tigers by taking second place in the all-around with a 38.40 score. She also tied for fourth on bars (9.70) and finished fourth on beam (9.675). Lutz also placed fourth on floor (9.675).
Freshman Bailey Gallagher turned in strong performances on beam and floor. She finished second on beam (9.725) and tied for second on floor (9.725).
It marked the first time since 2002 that the Tigers didn’t win the Invitational. Towson had won 24 of the 27 previous Invitational meets.
The Owls jumped out to an early lead by earning a 48.025 score
The Tigers return to action next Saturday night when they host George Washington and New Hampshire at 7:00 p.m.